The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the New England Patriots in one of the franchise’s best performances ever. Amazingly, the outcome of the game was never really in doubt.
The weather was a factor in the Jacksonville Jaguars win of an unforgettable game. The game-time temperature was 97 degrees which felt more like it was 107 degrees. This is an advantage to the Florida teams much as the winter snow bowls favor the northern teams.
Best of all this was a complete game. The offense, defense, special teams, and coaching were amazing. The Jaguars outplayed and outcoached the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady Patriots. It’s time to look at the stars of the game.
Blake Bortles and the Offensive Line
No doubt this was the finest game in the career of Blake Bortles. He was confident, made great decisions, made great throws, and outplayed Tom Brady. I repeat Blake Bortles outplayed Tom Brady. Bortles was 29 of 45 for 377 yards, 4 touchdowns, only 1 interception, and no sacks.
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Despite the loss of our left tackle, Cam Robinson, the offensive line played well together. They allowed no sacks and gave Bortles ample time to find open receivers. The line blocked well enough for the team to have 104 yards rushing for a 4.4 yards per carry average.
Keelan Cole caught 7 passes for 116 yards and one touchdown. In addition, he made a one-handed catch that is no doubt the NFL catch of the week and will be seen in Jaguar highlights for years to come. Dede Westbrook caught 4 passes for 83 yards and 1 touchdown.
Bortles completed passes to nine different receivers.
The defense kept the Patriots off balance the entire game. The defensive line kept the pressure on Brady throughout the game and the secondary had excellent coverage. Telvin Smith and Myles Jack each had 8 tackles and rookie Ronnie Harrison added another 7.
Dante Fowler provided a highlight reel play when he stripped the ball from Brady and recovered the fumble.
Doug Marrone and his staff learned a valuable lesson from the AFC Championship games against the Patriots last year. Many felt the Jaguars were too conservative in that loss. The Jaguars coordinators, under Marrone, coached aggressive offense and defense the entire game. They learned that a team must play to win instead of playing not to lose. It paid dividends.
The Final Word
My personal football weekend just couldn’t have been any better! First, my much loved Florida Gators won their game on Saturday.
Next, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Finally and best of all the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the best of the best…the New England Patriots. What a wonderful weekend!